Plant-based eating is proving to be more than just a transitory fad. As the number of people who identify as vegan continues to increase, the old tropes no longer work. Specialty vegan meals on flights or in restaurants just aren’t enough. Now, vegan travelers want to bed down in eco-friendly, cruelty-free hotels. The hospitality industry has responded. Here are five vegan hotels for a sustainable escape.  

Exterior shot of a hotel room at the Hilton London Bankside. There's a bed covered in white covers and pillows, a wooden side table, a wooden chair and a wooden desk. There is a green curtain hanging over the large window.
Hilton London Bankside is a 100 percent vegan suite © Courtesy of Hilton London Bankside

Hilton London Bankside 

In January 2019, the design-forward Hilton London Bankside opened its first 100 percent vegan suite, complete with a plant-based keycard; eco-friendly feather-free bedding; chic Piñatex made from pineapple-leaf-derived-leather, furniture; wool-free, eco-cotton carpeting and plant-based toiletries that have not been tested on animals. 

The minibar provides a variety of locally-sourced, vegan treats while the in-room menu includes botanical options such as muesli, grilled portobello mushroom, avocado and scrambled Quorn, cauliflower steak and five-bean dhal. The suite boasts the UK’s Vegan Society seal of approval.

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Exterior shot of Saorsa 1875, a castle with red trimmings, that has been converted into a 100 percent vegan hotel.
Saorsa 1875 is the UK's first 100 percent vegan hotel © Courtesy of Saorsa 1875

Saorsa 1875 

In keeping with their cruelty-free ethos, Jack McLaren-Stewart and his business partner and mother, Sandra, recently unveiled their 11-room, vegan hotel, Saorsa 1875, in a 19th century stone mansion in Pitlochry, Scotland. 

 The UK’s first 100 percent vegan hotel, Saorsa has enjoyed huge success since it opened in June 2019. Having noticed a correlation between “luxury” experiences and the number of animal products used, Jack set out to prove animal sensitivity and a high-class life aren’t warring ideals.  

Thus, at Saorsa 1875, everything, from the wines to the contemporary chic velvet-upholstered furniture, duvets, toiletries and cleaning products are vegan. Heating comes from newly fitted radiators powered by renewable Ecotricity.

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Inside a hotel room with a bed with a wooden backboard and a pair of chairs near a large window. Through the window you can see a large verdant mountain in the distance.
Luxury and eco-friendly go hand-in-hand at this Italian hotel © Roxy Furman / La VIMEA

LA VIMEA, Südtirol, Italy

Opened in 2016, La VIMEA is Italy’s first vegan hotel. Snuggled deep in Südtirol's (South Tyrol) Venosta Valley, LA VIMEA is the brainchild of owners Benjamin and Francesca Posch. 

The floors are natural, the bed linens are made from Fairtrade organic cotton and Tencel, the mattresses are plant-based and biodegradable and the cosmetics are all-natural and vegan. 

Vegan hotels don’t only appeal to vegans, says Joshua Thomas, operations manager at LA VIMEA and its sister property in Tuscany – Agrivilla i pini, via email. 

The restaurant’s menu at LA VIMEA is 100 percent organic, health-conscious and vegan, with all ingredients locally and sustainably sourced or obtained through Fairtrade, the hotel garden or Agrivilla i pini. The wines are also vegan and natural and come from small-batch producers.

“People are becoming more conscious about the way they live and are also becoming more conscientious towards animals," says Thomas. "Veganism has seen a great increase in popularity over the last year or two, which is fantastic. It’s resulted in vegan travel options becoming more necessary since it’s created a demand in the market.”

Exterior view of the Stanford Inn By the Sea, which is tucked away among a row of manicured trees and green grass.
No shortage of stunning views at the Standford Inn by the Sea © Courtesy of the Standford Inn

Stanford Inn by the Sea, Mendocino, CA 

This elegant yet rustic pet-friendly hotel on California’s Mendocino Coast is the USA’s only vegan resort. 

Situated atop a meadow overlooking organic gardens and the Pacific Ocean, and built according to ecological principles, guest rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces and wood paneling in pine and redwood. 

The restaurant, The Ravens, prepares organic, vegan dishes and serves a selection of local natural and vegan wines. Guests of Stanford Inn can join the twice-weekly harvest, tour the gardens, participate in nature walks and attend nutrition seminars and yoga classes. And by joining a naturalist-led, redwood outrigger canoe tour, guests may have the opportunity to spot harbor seals, river otters and birds. 

Artist rendering of a spacious hotel room with a thatched roof large open windows and a small pool towards the front of the room. The room is surrounded by palm trees and a manicured lawn dotted with small plants.
Artist rendering of the Plantlife vegan hotel © Courtesy of PlantLife Hotel Sanctuary

PlantLife Hotel Sanctuary, Thailand

Billing itself as the world’s first vegan, solar-powered, zero-waste, sustainable luxury hotel, PlantLife Hotel Sanctuary's motto is “luxury without compromise”. The 23-villa hotel will launch in 2021, covering nearly 12 miles (19,200 square meters) of coconut land on the Thai island of Koh Phangan

From bamboo, soybean and hemp fabrics to pineapple and leaf “leathers,” all the fabrics and materials used at PlantLife will be natural, eco-friendly and organic.

Owners Max and Joanna Hellier visited a handful of vegan-friendly hotels, but found that “none seemed to be luxury or catered to the growing vegan, truly sustainable community and its expanding requirements.”

At PlantLife, animal lovers will not only bask in luxury and dine on gourmet, plant-based Thai and international cuisine, they’ll also make friends with the sanctuary’s 100-plus rescued cats and dogs.

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